Evaluation of Iron Deficiency Using Reticulocyte Indices in Dogs Enrolled in a Blood Donor Program

@article{Foy2015EvaluationOI,
  title={Evaluation of Iron Deficiency Using Reticulocyte Indices in Dogs Enrolled in a Blood Donor Program},
  author={Daniel S Foy and Kristen R. Friedrichs and Jonathan F Bach},
  journal={Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine},
  year={2015},
  volume={29},
  pages={1376 - 1380}
}
Background People donating blood more than twice annually are at risk of developing iron deficiency. Little is known about the iron status of dogs enrolled in blood donor programs. Hypothesis Dogs donating blood ≥6 times annually will show evidence of iron deficiency based on their reticulocyte indices. Animals Thirteen dogs enrolled in a blood donor program donating ≥6 times over the preceding 12 months and 20 healthy nondonor control dogs. Methods Prospective observational study. Mature red… 
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